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International Chamber Music Summer School

Sunday 11th August to Saturday 17th August 2024

This course is designed for students aged 12 to 18 who wish to focus on the intensive study of chamber music. Players can enrol as pre-formed groups or as individuals to be formed into ensembles. Aside from rehearsals and coaching from the distinguished team of tutors from Wells Cathedral School, there will be workshops and informal performance opportunities, and the course will culminate in a concert that is open to family and friends.

This course is designed for experienced ensemble players who have the desire to work at a high level. If you have any questions about the level of playing required or are not already known to the team of tutors, please contact us to determine eligibility by completing the form below or by emailing details of your musical history to Simon Smith: [email protected]

Musical Opportunities

There will be multiple opportunities to perform regardless of your skill level, culminating in a concert on Saturday afternoon that is open to family and friends.

Whilst we encourage everyone to take part in all performances and activities, we will not force anyone to participate if they don’t want to do so for whatever reason. However, we hope our friendly and accepting community will lead all musicians to take part, even if it is slightly outside of their normal comfort zone!

Other Activities

Even professional musicians need a break from their instruments! With Wells Cathedral School’s outstanding facilities, you’ll have a range of activities to enjoy when you’re not making music…

Meet our World-Class Staff

Meet our String Summer School Co-ordinator

About our Course Tutors

Course tutors will generally be either full- or part-time teaching staff of Wells Cathedral School, a government-recognised specialist music school that is known for its quality teaching and musical opportunities for pre-professional musicians. However, should our staff be unavailable for our string summer school, we will appoint music teachers of a comparable calibre to teach courses.

Meet our String Staff

A Typical Day

7.30am: Wake up call for boarders
8.00am: Breakfast
8.30am: Registration for both day and boarding students
9.00am: Warm up and technique classes
9.30am: Lessons and ensembles
10.30am: Break
10.45am: Lessons and ensembles
11.30am: Masterclass
12.30pm: Lunch

1.15pm: Lessons and ensembles
2.45pm: Activities
4.30pm: String Orchestra
6.00pm: Supper
6.45pm: Informal performances
7.45pm: Day pupils depart
8.00pm: Boarders’ activities
9.30pm: Bedtime routine begins (age dependent)


The course costs £995 for boarding and £795 for day pupils (including meals – lunch/dinner for day). You will save 10% off of these fees if you book by 31st January 2024.

A deposit of 25% of the course fee is required to reserve your place, with the balance due on 10th May 2024. Bookings made after the 10th May 2024 must be accompanied by the full fee for the course. Deposits are non-refundable.


If you book one of our Holiday Music Schools 2024, you are eligible for a £50 discount off the cost of each additional Holiday Music School 2024 course you book. This can be applied across siblings or for one child who takes part in more than one course in 2024. Please use the discount code “HOLIDAYMUSIC50” on your application form for each additional course you book (the full price will be required for the first booked course).

How to Apply

We recommend that you have the following information available before starting our booking process:

  • Details about your child’s musical history, including feedback from your child’s music teacher, if applicable
  • Payment card details (please note, if you wish to pay by childcare vouchers, please contact us BEFORE filling out the form below).

If you have any questions or if you’d like help with the application process, please contact us on 01749 834388 / [email protected].

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